NOVEMBER 2015     VOLUME 13     ISSUE 36
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Josh Littler – Artisan Log and Timber Homes

This year we were faced with the opportunity of mounting a number of screw jacks (settling jacks) on top of all the vertical posts in a full scribe Cedar log home that is destined for California. Our clients had asked us to make them as low profile and least visible as possible.  All the posts in this specific project have large flared (fluted) character ends that make it impractical to have screw jacks at the bottom which would allow them settle through the floor system into a space below.
Concealing the screw jacks.
Two of the biggest challenges to mounting screw jacks is; 1- keeping them accessible during the adjustment period, which can last up to 2 years and; 2- keeping them concealed, in a non-obtrusive way, while they’re not being adjusted. 
The typical full scribe log home consisting of 9’ interior walls may settle anywhere from 2 to 6 inches depending on species of wood and the moisture content of the wood.  This means the space allowed for settling plus the space needed for adjustment and the hardware, can be upwards of 10” to 12”.  Keep in mind, in most situations there must also be enough room around the traditional screw jack for a bottle jack to be used to relieve the pressure during adjustment. CONTINUE READING FOR THE SOLUTION

Call for Photos and Video Clips.
The BC LTBIA is producing two videos for promoting the log and timber industry.

One is an educational video that is targeted at young people to encourage them to consider joining our industry.  This video will be available to members to use at job fairs and school career days and will be posted on the Association website and YouTube.

The other video is an industry marketing video aimed at consumers, architects and designers and will promote using BC builders for their building project.  This video will feature finished structures - either in your yard or finished at your clients' site. It will show case the quality and variety of products that our members build and will convince the viewer to "Shop BC for the Best". This video will be posted on the BC LTBIA website and YouTube. It may also be made available to other wood market marketing associations and entities such as BC Wood, WoodWorks BC and Trade commissioners service.

We are now seeking video footage and still photographs from members for possible inclusion in these videos. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2015. Contact Patti LeFrancois at to set-up an upload link for submitting your video clips and photos.

Reprinted with permission from:
Rob Clutter
Group Publisher
Log Home Living, Timber Home Living and Cabin Living Magazines
The Log and Timber Home Shows
Log and Timber Home University

MyWoodHome market research tells us a lot about how media works to serve the needs and interests of log and timber home companies, home buyers, as well as home builders, designers and maintenance professionals. Different types of media: magazines; web sites; social media; e newsletters; videos and trade shows connect with our clients at different points in their discovery journey.
WHICH media works? That’s a question we get asked every day, especially now that there are so many different media options. The answer begs another question: is there a magic bullet? Can one media methodology, above all else, connect with everyone all the time?
With all the hype about social media it would seem as if Houzz, Pinterest or Twitter are the panacea, capable of inspiring, educating and convincing our clients all at once. Social media is important but it can’t act alone. It takes an integrated media mix to do all this...CONTINUE READING
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19th Annual Conference and AGM
February 18 - 20, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 we are offering two excellent 1/2 day pre-conference workshops. First, learn how to photograph your building projects. Bring your camera and learn how to stage shots for optimum effect, how to improve lighting and what kind of shots will show your work at its' best. Second, learn how to set up and manage corporate Social Media sites. Bring your laptop loaded with photos that you want to post and be walked through the set-up of a social media marketing program for your business.
(Pictured left, Daniel Depoe presenting at the 2015 Conference)
Seminars during conference include Building a Brand from the Inside Out - The Link Between Business Strategy, Branding and Marketing; Supporting Your Brand with Photography and Videos; Taking they Mystery and Fear out of PST (Provincial Sales Tax); and a round table discussion with an industry expert and select builders on how they are working within and meeting the new energy code requirements.We are also excited to bring you a hands on tool sharpening workshop with Dai Ona.  Bring your chisels and hand carving tools and learn from Dai the fine art and skill of sharpening. This workshop will include both theory and practice.
(Pictured left  Gary Richter and Tom Blackburn at the 2015 conference)
Father and son, Dai and Taro Ona of Daizen Joinery participating at the 2015 conference.
Brad Beaudreau - Makita - at 2015 Conference
Denise Tinline - My-Ti-Con Timber Connectors- 2015 Conference
Sponsorship's are now being accepted for the 2016 Annual Conference. Download your Sponsor Information Package here.
Gary Richter
Timber Tools - 2015 Conference
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